Criminal Defence When Accused of Sexual Offences Against Children
Allegations of committing a sexual offence against a child are extremely serious and can be extremely traumatic and distressing for everyone involved. Such allegations can have far-reaching and devastating consequences, affecting your career, relationships and reputation, but we are on your side. We have the expertise and experience required to effectively represent you, and we are committed to minimising the damage and impact of any investigation on you and your loved ones.
By instructing us, you can expect legal representation of the highest quality as we work to quickly establish the facts and use all available resources to assemble the strongest possible defence. We have an excellent reputation for defending allegations of this nature and with our support in place, you can be assured that you have a team of specialists fighting your corner and representing your interests at every stage. We pride ourselves on our non-judgmental friendly approach and will treat you with understanding and respect throughout.
What am I being accused of?
An offence has been committed if a person aged 18 or over has committed any of the following, with anyone under the age of 16:
- Sexual activity with a child.
- Causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
- Engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.
- Causing a child to watch a sexual act.
- Arranging or facilitating commission of a child sex offence.
- Meeting a child following sexual grooming etc.
- Sexual communication with a child.
The following are charged as separate offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, as offences against children under the age of 13:
- Rape of a child under 13.
- Assault of a child under 13 by penetration.
- Sexual assault of a child under 13.
- Causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
What are the penalties?
The penalty that you face upon being charged of a sexual offence against a child will depend on the nature of that for which you stand accused. A custodial sentence can be imposed for anywhere between six months and 14 years, with the maximum penalty of life imprisonment imposed for those found guilty of rape or assault by penetration of a child under the age of 13.
How we can help
By instructing a highly skilled legal team such as Draycott Browne, you will be giving yourself the best possible chance of a successful outcome. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can being to utilise our wealth of experience and knowledge to help defend you from the allegations that you face and will work pro-actively and tirelessly on your behalf with the tenacity and commitment that you deserve.
We will be able to advise, support and guide you at every stage of the legal process including:
- Police station representation.
- Making your bail application and minimising any impact of its conditions.
- Ensuring that you are treated fairly throughout.
- Protecting your reputation.
- Detailed and expert analysis of the case against you.
- Compiling a strong defence.
- Representing you in court.
We are highly experienced in defending allegations of child sexual offence and consistently achieve excellent results. We are proactive and diligent and continuously work to the highest standards for each and every one of our clients.
24 Hour Availability
Arrests are rarely anticipated, which is why we are available around the clock, seven days a week, 365 days of the year, to assist you at the police station, whenever you need us. Our legal experts are only a phone call away, so don’t hesitate to get in touch for immediate and professional advice.
Legal fees can be an unexpected cost that you many struggle to afford. By applying for legal aid, you can relieve financial stress during your case, leaving you to focus on what matters. Our solicitors can advise you on your eligibility and will guide you through the process of applying for legal aid, giving you the best chance of a successful application.
Contact the experts today
We work across Manchester and the wider northwest so if you are looking for first-class legal representation and support to help you through the difficult time ahead, contact our solicitors today on +44 (0)161 228 2244 or complete our contact form.